MONTREAL (May 23, 2014) – All 10 fighters competing televised bouts made weight made weight on their first attempts Friday at Bell Centre. The weigh-in was streamed live by SHOWTIME Sports Press Pass Live and is currently available on YouTube:
In the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader (SHO, 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), exciting knockout specialist and 2013 Fighter of the Year, Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (23-1-0, 20 KOs), of Montreal, will make his network debut when he defends his WBC light heavyweight title for a third time when he meets Andrzej "The Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-2-0, 15 KOs), of Chicago by way of Warsaw, Poland. Stevenson has won his last 10 fights by knockout. Fonfara has won 15 in a row, 12 inside the distance, and has never been defeated as a light heavyweight.
In co-featured fights, power-punching Montreal middleweight David Lemieux (31-2, 29 KOs) meets battle-tested Fernando Guerrero (26-2, 19 KOs) of Salisbury, Md., in a 12-rounder for the vacant NABF 160-pound crown, and unbeaten rising star Jermell "Ironman" Charlo (23-0, 11 KOs), of Houston, takes on Japan's Charlie Ohta (24-1-1, 16 KOs), of New York, in a 12-round collision of world-ranked junior middleweights. Charlo is ranked No. 5, Ohta No. 9.
WEIGHTS AND OFFICIALS
Stevenson – 173½ pounds
Fonfara – 174½ pounds
Referee: Frank Garza, Jr.
Judges: Richard De Carufel (Canada), John McKaie (New York), John Woodburn, Canada.
Lemieux – 159½ pounds
Guerrero – 159 pounds
Referee: Michael Griffin
Judges: Nicolas Esnault (Canada), Ester Lopez (New Mexico), Pasqualie Procopio (Canada)
Charlo – 153¾ pounds
Ohta – 153 pounds
Referee: Jean-Guy Brousseau.
Judges: Larry Hazzard Jr. (New Jersey), Jean LaPointe (Canada), Robert Paolino (Rhode Island),
On SHO EXTREME (7 p.m. ET/PT), Julian "J-Rock" Williams (15-0-1, 9 KOs), of Philadelphia, faces Michael Medina (26-4-2, 19 KOs), of Modesto, Calif., in a 10-round junior middleweight scrap and world-ranked Eleider Alvarez (14-0, 8 KOs), of Montreal by way of Colombia, clashes with Alexander Johnson (15-1, 6 KOs), of Washington, D.C., in a 10-round light heavyweight bout.
WEIGHTS AND OFFICIALS
Williams – 154¾ pounds
Medina – 154 pounds
Referee: Alain Villeneuve
Judges: De Carufel, Esnault, Marie-Josee Guerin (Canada)
Alvarez – 175 pounds
Johnson – 171½ pounds
Referee: Marlon B. Wright
Judges: Jean Gauthier (Canada), Sylvain LeBlanc (Canada), Benoit Roussel (Canada)
Brian Kenny will host both telecasts on Saturday night. Mauro Ranallo calls the action on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING alongside Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and Paulie Malignaggi with Jim Gray reporting. Brian Custer calls the fights on SHOWTIME EXTREME with boxing historian Steve Farhood at his side. For SAP in Spanish, Alejandro Luna will call the blow-by-blow with former world champion Raul Marquez serving as analyst. The executive producer is David Dinkins Jr. with Ray Smaltz III producing and Mike Arnold directing.
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